Advancing Diversity and Inclusion

The Washington State Bar Association’s mission is to serve the public and the members of the Bar, ensure the integrity of the legal profession, and to champion justice.

As such, the WSBA is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, and is dedicated to understanding and responding to the conditions which exist for all lawyers in Washington. In 2013, the Bar approved the Diversity and Inclusion Plan. The plan rests on a fundamental assumption that WSBA’s commitment to its own culture of inclusion and cultural competence provides the best foundation for meaningful progress.

Inside-Out Diversity

New: 2015 WSBA Diversity Research Project

View the Research: Diversity Research Project Literature Review

2014 Diversity Annual Report

View the Full Report: From the "Inside-Out": WSBA's Journey of Inclusion

2013 WSBA Diversity and Inclusion Plan

The data and information collected from our 2012 WSBA Membership Study informed and guided our organization to create and approve our first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

2013 WSBA Diversity and Inclusion Plan

2012 WSBA Membership Study

In 2012, WSBA took the first step toward developing an organizational road map informed by the demographics of our membership by conducting a study of our members. The goals of this membership study were

  • Understanding demographics and career data
  • Identifying characteristics and experiences of diverse members
  • Understanding professional transitions
  • Establishing a statistical database

We are pleased to present the results of the 2012 Membership Study:

2012 WSBA Membership Study: Executive Summary

2012 WSBA Membership Study: Full Report

Fact Sheets

Age 40+ Members

Members with Disabilities/Impairments

Members of Racial Minorities

Members of Sexual Orientation Minorities

How WSBA Defines Diversity

Diversity refers to meaningful representation of and equal opportunities for individuals who self identify with those groups that are under-represented in the legal profession based upon, but not limited to, disability, gender, age, familial status, race, ethnicity, religion, economic class, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Statewide geographic diversity and area of practice shall also be given consideration. Adopted by the WSBA Board of Governors in March 2010.

WBSA Diversity Committee

Washington State Bar Foundation

Helping WSBA serve the public and advance justice

WSBA Leadership Institute

Membership Demographics

View WSBA Membership statistics, including membership counts and member demographics